Monday, August 21, 2017

Veg boxes 19th August 2017

All the veg in last Friday's veg boxes was grown on the community farm, and was:-
Small veg box (£6) - Charlotte salad potatoes, red Russian kale, a globe artichoke, a bunch of beetroot, courgettes, and peppers.
Standard veg box (£10) - Charlotte salad potatoes, red Russian kale, a bunch of beetroot, courgettes, peppers, aubergines, French breakfast radishes, rhubarb, rainbow chard, and fresh basil.
Various courgette varieties picked ready for veg boxes.

Friday's small veg box.

Anais and Emma

Anais and Emma, two friends from France, came to the community farm to wwoof with us for 3 weeks, and left on Friday to return to France via London. We send you our thanks for your help this summer, we're glad you had a lovely time with us, and we wish you the very best with your onward studies.
Anais planting a late crop of peas in the Sausage polytunnel.

Emma picking beetroot in one of the veg fields.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our next workshop on the farm - Sunday 20th.



Landscape Painting Workshop

 @ Bosavern Community Farm
Sunday 20th August 2017
 11.30am – 4.30pm
  £5.00 includes lunch
Bring your own materials

Contact Sonja 01736 785 773 to book place


Monday, August 14, 2017

Flora and Chrys

Flora, from France, and Chrys, from Bristol, both wwoofed on the farm for several weeks this summer, and have just gone their seperate ways. Many thanks to both of them for their recent help, and good luck for the future.
Flora picking green ring-of-fire chillies in one of our polytunnels.

Chrys hoeing along the lines of leeks in the market garden.

Veg boxes 11th August

Last Friday's veg boxes contained (all grown on the community farm):-
£6 veg box = Maris Peer new potatoes, tomatoes, red Russian kale, rainbow chard, courgettes, and peppers.
£10 veg box = all of the above, plus mixed herbs, French breakfast radishes, cape gooseberries, and aubergines.
Please phone us at the farm to arrange delivery of your box - 788454.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Veg boxes 4th August

Small veg box £6 - tomatoes, aubergine(s), cucumber, new potatoes, broad beans, basil.

Standard veg box £10 - tomatillos, new potatoes, kale, chard, shallots, courgette(s), cabbage, tomatoes, pepper, globe artichoke.

Planting leeks

All of our leek transplants have now been dug out of the polytunnel and planted in the market garden, though we do have some spares sown into big boxes which we are also hoping to plant out in the next week. Like last year (our most successful leeks to date) we have sown and transplanted several varieties in order of their season of harvest.
Our main leek patch, being covered in mesh to try and stop rabbits from grazing and digging them up.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Planting brassicas and courgettes

Last week we planted our winter brassicas (on time) and our second batch of courgettes (a bit late).
18 lines, each 75m long, handplanted and covered in mesh, in our newly prepared field. Many thanks to Andy and our team of wwoofers for 2 days well spent.

Our to-be-courgette patch still full of overgrown salad, overgrown chard, selfsown comfrey, and overlooked garlic.

100 courgette plants hardened off and ready for the soil.

Ian getting stuck in clearing the patch (also thanks to Ben and Kate for their help).

The courgettes all in the ground, planted through weed-suppressing membrane (thanks to Andy and Rachel for their help).

Courgettes from our earlier patch already for sale in the shop.

Rachel and Pinar

Rachel (from France) and Pinar (from Turkey, on her second visit) both left the farm over the weekend having wwoofed with us for 4 and 6 weeks respectively. Many thanks to both of them for all their help and hard work.
Rachel in the packing shed bagging up broad beans for veg boxes.

Pinar picking tomatoes in Imogen polytunnel.

Veg boxes 28th July

Standard £10 box - courgette(s), chard, Charlotte salad potatoes, tomatoes, broad beans, spring onions, 3 peppers, rhubarb, cucumber, 2 green chillies, and a sprig of Vietnamese coriander.

Small £6 box - chard, rhubarb, Charlotte salad potatoes, broad beans, tomatoes, 2 peppers, and a sprig of Vietnamese coriander.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bee garden update

Our bee-friendly garden is looking stunning this summer, mainly due to Ian's hard work and pottering, ably assisted by Teesh, Ben, and many other volunteers.
The wildflower meadow beneath the community mural - wildflowers include corncockles, cornflowers, charlock, poppies and borage.

The living roof on the bee-ed-shed is starting to take hold.



The herb hexagon.
If you want to get involved in caring for the bee-friendly garden, and helping our local pollinators, please come along on Friday afternoon's and join in with Ian's gardening club at 2pm.

Tomatoes 2017

The following are photos of some of the varieties of tomatoes we are growing this year:-
Big pink juicy "berner rose".

Tasty brown "chocolate cherry".

Delightfully furrowed "costoluto di Fiorentina".

That old favourite "gardener's delight".

A new one for us this year, and already the blackbird's favourite, "Italian beef heart".

Another from the excellent Real Seed Catalogue, "Jen's tangerine".

The aptly named "orange banana".

Early Hungarian "stupice".

Probably the tastiest tomato there is (pity it's an F1), "sungold".

Very dependable "yellow submarine".

Veg boxes on 21st July

£10 "standard" veg box = cara pink-eyed potatoes, courgettes, broad beans, elephant garlic, rainbow chard, tomatoes, fresh basil, three peppers, and curly kale.

£6 "small" veg box = cara pink-eyed potatoes, a sprig of lemon verbena, tomatoes, broad beans, elephant garlic, and rainbow chard.
Phone us on 788454 to try a veg box this Friday.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer veg

Our summer produce has well and truly started to come in now, and can be bought in our farm shop (open every day 11am till 6pm), and at both Pendeen (every first and second Saturday, 10am till 1pm) and St Just (every Saturday in the WI Hall, 9:30am till 12:30pm) farmers' markets, as well as in our veg boxes. Here's a small selection of what we've been picking lately.

Aubergines.

Broad beans.

"Passandra" cucumbers.

Bulb fennel.

Elephant garlic picked and drying in the polytunnel.
A variety of tomatoes.

Colin and Anne

Colin and Anne, both from France, will be heading back to their respective homes tomorrow, having wwoofed with us on the community farm for the past few weeks. We'd like to thank them both for their hard work whilst staying with us, and wish them both well for the future.
Colin, on the right, picking red Russian kale in the market garden.

Anne, who also volunteered with us in spring 2015, scouring the chicken field for eggs.

Preparing a new crop field

This is the first year since 2013 when we have prepared a whole new field for planting crops, which is an essential part of our crop rotation. For the past three weeks, in any "spare" moments, we have been preparing one of the furthest fields of the community farm ready for our winter brassica plants, most of which we plan to plant out in the coming few days - so if anybody wants to help on Sunday or Monday please come along!
Our brassica plants (kales, cabbages, and broccolis), all sown and raised on the farm, hardening off outside the polytunnels ready for planting this weekend.

Our new crop field, after a shallow rotovation, ready for ploughing.

The first section ploughed.

And the whole field ploughed.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Camping 2017

One field (Home Field) on the community farm is now open for basic camping, offering a limited number of pitches for a limited time over the summer holidays. The cost is £7 per night for adults, £3 for under-18s, and free for under-5s.

www.pitchup.com/campsites/England/South_West/Cornwall/Penzance/bosavern-community-farm/

Please find more information and make your bookings at the above website.

Starting to build this year's temporary camping hot shower.

The shower cubicle complete, made entirely of reclaimed materials.

A neighbouring farmer cutting pitches for us.

The camper's waste and recycling centre, plus water supply.